Weekly Roundup 12/12

by Aaron Brethorst | December 12, 2011

Welcome to another weekly roundup! We have a bunch of cool stuff for iOS developers this week, including another Facebook view controller slider, and a couple snazzy Twitter-related controls. If you read the Control of the Week post, you already know about one of the Twitter-related items, and if you don’t read them, you should!

Cheers,
Aaron

SSIndicatorLabel

This handy control from iOS code-writing machine Sam Soffes gives you a label with a built-in activity indicator to help you show users that it’s currently downloading content, or processing a job in the background. It’s really easy to use, and well worth your time to check out.

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DDMenuController

This Facebook 4.0/Path 2.0-esque menu slide-out control offers a demo that shows how to duplicate Path’s experience of having two tables underneath your main view controller, one on both the left and the right. Well worth the time to check this out and see how it works!

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MFDoorwayTransition

If you read my control of the week post, you already know a bit about MFDoorwayTransition. I thought it offered a really gorgeous way to transition from one app area to another. Say, for instance, you want to clearly delineate your app’s login experience from the main functionality in a way that’s more interesting than simply hiding a modal view controller. For this sort of scenario, MFDoorwayTransition might well be perfect for you.

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ALUnlockCodeViewController

ALUnlockCodeViewController, a commercial component, mimics the iPhone’s lock screen. You can specify a code length of up to eight characters, and have the UI automatically re-layout the appropriate number of text boxes.

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ButtonPeoplePicker

This control is a contact picker that lets you to select multiple people from the Address Book, with type-ahead and auto-completion.

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DETweetComposeViewController

This control is essentially a recreation of the iOS 5 ‘Tweet Sheet’ using only public iOS 4 APIs.

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SphereView

This snazzy, GPL-licensed, control offers you a spherical, 3D ‘tag cloud’ experience rendered solely with UIKit. Frankly, I’m pretty impressed that the author was able to get this to work without having to use OpenGL ES.

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